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Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Plunge into an epic active weekend – adventuring through the wild, untouched beauty of Slovenia

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Hike, Canyon and Raft the Slovenian Alps

Plunge into an epic active weekend – adventuring through the wild, untouched beauty of Slovenia

DURATION
2 nights
LOCATION
Slovenia
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 day off work
SEASON
Apr-Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 14 people
MEETING POINT
Ljubljana Airport, Slovenia
ACCOMMODATION
Classic

Hotel

OVERALL RATING

4.8

Based on 58 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

No rafting, hiking or canyoning experience needed, just a good level of fitness, the ability to swim and handle 4-5 hours of activity a day.

Abseil off ledges, slide down waterfalls and splash into deep blue pools as you navigate dramatic, twisting canyons

Hike through the outdoor wonderland of Triglav National Park, exploring waterfalls, nature reserves and mountain passes

Tackle the rapids of one of the most thrilling gorges in Europe as you raft the emerald waters of the Soča River

Bunk down by the beautiful Lake Bled, home to a photogenic little church built on its own island

Day 1

Head to beautiful Bled

Lake Bled, Slovenia

Head for the alpine town of Bled, set on the shores of one of the most picturesque lakes in Europe. Check into your hotel, meet the rest of your team and spend the evening exploring the area and taking photos of the impossibly lovely church, built on its own little island.

Day 2

Raft and hike through Triglav National Park

Hiking

2-3hrs

Rafting

1.5hrs

Head to the nearby Triglav National Park, a wonderland for outdoor adventures, for an action-packed day. Enjoy three hikes in this protected area – to the tumbling Pericnik waterfall, through the Zelenci Nature Reserve and along the Vrsic mountain pass, where you can take in some beautiful views. You'll also hit the water to raft the unique, emerald green waters of the Soča River – taking the time for a couple of swims in the refreshing water, if the weather allows. You'll return to Bled in the evening for dinner and a well-earned night's sleep.

Day 3

Splash into a canyoning adventure

Canyoning

3.5hrs

Head to either Grmecica Canyon or Jereka Canyon (two of the most scenic and dramatic gorges in Slovenia) to navigate the wild and narrow limestone channels. Abseil off ledges, jump into still pools, slide down waterfalls... canyoning is a rush, and the turquoise waters of Slovenia are the perfect place to try it. You'll have time in the afternoon to explore some more of Bled, before heading back to Ljubljana in time for your flight home.

Included

Guides

Professional, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a hotel

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transfers

To and from the airport and everything in between

Equipment

All your canyoning and rafting equipment

Permits

Entry to the Triglav National Park

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Food in Slovenia. Photo: Much Better Adventures/Lauren Roitman

Food in Slovenia is very diverse and greatly influenced by its neighbouring countries. In addition to traditional Slovenian food like meat stews, you'll also find plenty of Italian food and other international cuisine on offer: the choice is yours. Local bakeries and supermarkets are easy options for you to purchase your own lunches.

What is the accommodation like?

Hotel Astoria Standard Room
Lake Bled

You'll stay at the Hotel Astoria in a peaceful part of Bled, just five minutes away from both the lake and the town centre. Rooms have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel offers free WiFi, a bar with a summer terrace and wellness facilities.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Ljubljana Airport

17:30 on Day 1

Ends

Ljubljana Airport

20:00 on Day 3

Transfers

You'll be picked up on Day 1 and dropped off in time for your return flight on Day 3. There is one group transfer on arrival and one group transfer on departure: if using this included transfer, please book any departing flight that leaves after 21:30.

If you’re not able to meet the arranged transfer time at 17:30 in Ljubljana Airport on Day 1, or need to leave earlier at the end of Day 3, you can arrange your own transport between Bled and the airport – it's a 30-minute taxi ride, or a direct bus journey.

Travel options

There are flights to Ljubljana from airports across the UK and Europe.

At the airport, you'll find regular public buses to Bled, running every hour at 5 minutes past the hour. The bus costs around €5 EUR one way and it takes around 30 minutes.

You can also book a shared taxi from the airport to Bled, which costs around €15 one way.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What's included?

All your rafting and canyoning equipment: wetsuit, neoprene socks, shoes, harness, helmet

What do I need to bring?

  • Sports shoes
  • Light rain jacket and/or fleece, in case of cold or rainy weather
  • T-shirts
  • Trousers or shorts
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Small rucksack for carrying personal items
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun block)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Personal first aid kit
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Per Person

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Double/Twin Room

Per Night

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Payable Before Departure

Pre/Post Trip Accommodation Single Room

Per Night

Jo

This was my third Much Better Adventures trip and it exceeded all expectations.

The ‘hiking and rafting’ day was 12 hours long and jam-packed with lots of scenic stops and walks.

In the morning, we started with a short ascent to Pericnik Waterfall, which you then walk behind. This was followed by a 30-minute stop at Lake Jasna for lunch before heading to Vršič Pass for a 45-minute walk.

In the afternoon, we rafted at Soča - I couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful place to have my first rafting experience. The experience itself was so much fun! (Be prepared to change in the car park though.)

Following the rafting experience, we crossed the border into Italy to swim in a lake with an incredible mountain backdrop! For me, this was definitely a highlight of the trip.

Our guide, Jan, really made the experience. He was super knowledgeable and prepared drinks for us up the mountain and after rafting. He took LOTS of photos throughout the day, which allows you to just enjoy what is in front of you. He had also made a playlist for the car journey that comprised of songs from individuals’ home countries.

The ‘canyoning’ day was also lots of fun. The majority of the group were nervous about this activity but our guide, Jure, put us at ease. We were given the option of two canyons with different difficulty ratings; we opted for Jereka with the lower difficulty rating. There were two jumps: one was optional and the other could be assisted by Jure if you were too nervous to do it. The rest of the experience involved slides, ropes and very small jumps. Despite the lower difficulty rating, we all enjoyed it. (But again, be prepared to change in the car park or wait for the one outdoor changing area with curtain.)

Overall, I would definitely recommend this trip and would absolutely book through the local tour operator again. A special shout-out to Barbara the host for arranging extra accommodation nights for us and responding to our messages so promptly.

Lauren

Great weekend away in Slovenia, such a beautiful country. Guides were great, had lots of local knowledge and felt safe whilst doing the activities. Can’t wait to see the photos!

Suzi

The trip was an amazing experience. Jan was really knowledgeable about the local area and history and I learnt a lot from the hikes. Rafting and canyoning were so much fun!

Ben

The excursions felt very exclusive.. other groups seemed crowded or at least crowded together.. especially the rafting. Our guides seemed to be the best too and full of experience and knowledge with a suitable amount of adrenaline fuelled bonkers ness! But always felt in safe hands !!

Tim

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Gracie

This trip is so much fun!! My first MBA trip and I wouldn't hesitate booking again.

Saturday is a really full on day, about 12 hours with hiking in the morning and rafting in the afternoon. Our rafting guide was brilliant, super encouraging and nothing felt rushed.

Canyoning is exciting and the guides have levels for everything if you feel scared/uncomfortable. Although the hike up in the wetsuits is a sweaty one.

We had a fantastic group and made so many good memories. Just patiently awaiting the guides photos to be sent through!

Phillip

This was an excellent trip. I would say we got more than our moneys worth, and the excursions were challenging and approachable for all levels of ability in the group.

Sean

Such a great trip, would strongly recommend to others! Really gave me the bug for rafting, and all the guides and instructors were top class. All the kit/gear was tip top, really impressed. Can't wait to get back to Slovenia!!

James

Everything was great! The guides were brilliant, knowledgeable and friendly. The hikes were stunning, rafting was so much fun and the canyoning was unbelievably fun... I instantly wanted to do it again as soon as I reached the end.

Anna

Prompt, great equipment, fantastic explanation of the history of the local area, very witty team.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 47kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

No previous rafting, hiking or canyoning experience is needed, just a good level of fitness, the ability to swim and a willingness to handle 4-5 hours of physical activity each day. You can also sit out any of the activities you wish.

Honestly, it's some of the best rafting in Slovenia! The Soča River offers a scenic and fun experience with some moderate class II, III and III+ rapids. The water is clear and has a unique emerald colour, that makes it one of the most beautiful rivers in the world.

You'll be led by an experienced and safety-focused guide. Expect to be in and out of water a lot, negotiating obstacles, and jumping off rocks into deep blue pools.

The minimum height is 145cm (4ft 9in) and the maximum weight is 120kg (242lbs). Participants must also be able to swim.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Summer in Bled is generally warm and sunny; from May to September temperatures range from 10°C to 25°C. Sunny skies are usual and any storms are typically brief – but activities on this trip normally operate in rain or shine. However, while extreme weather is very uncommon, it can impact on the activities on this trip. In the event that a planned activity cannot be run safely, an alternative activity will be offered.

You can safely leave any excess luggage in your room at your accommodation during this trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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